On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction


Cate Stewart

Parliament Films

SAME. SAME is a dysfunctional sibling comedy about two destitute, maladroit twin sisters, Billie-Joe and Fancy, on a fast train to nowhere. SAME. SAME was the result of idle time during Covid lockdown and the need to reinvent the way we created and made films under such tight restrictions. The story is centred on the universal human truth, that we are all the same on the inside, a pertinent message during a time of great uncertainty and division. Although I chose two middle-aged miscreants with little to no redeeming qualities to deliver that message. It’s a five-part micro-series of unfiltered, unabashed buffoonery with comical parallels to Covid lockdowns without it being a Covid story. It’s about family, friendship, placing differences aside and learning to work together above all. SAME. SAME was developed and written remotely across Australia and America. It was filmed with a cast and crew of six in total and all post-production thus far has been carried out from home edit suites during isolation.

CATE STEWART is an Australian commercial and long-form narrative director. She has a degree in performance and fifteen years of professional experience as a director of commercials, branded content, short films, documentaries and broadcast television. Her recent credits include a six-part, half-hour ABC comedy series, Squinters, created and produced by the acclaimed production company, Jungle Entertainment (No Activity, The Moody's, Sando, Review with Myles Barlow). Her short film debut, The Record: World’s Largest Family was selected to screen at the academy accredited Flickerfest 2017 and is part of their national and international tour, as well as Manchester Film Festival 2017 and Palm Springs ShortFest 2017. Her other credits include a half-hour comedy pilot for ABC iView titled The Record, produced by esteemed production company Porchlight Films (Animal Kingdom, The Kettering Incident, Laid). The pilot was commissioned on the back of a successful 3-part web series she directed and produced for ABC iView In 2014. Her commercial work has been recognised globally (BestAds, A-List Awards, Clio Awards) and has been fortunate to work alongside major brands such as Samsung, Sony Playstation, Lion Nathan, Qantas, Carnival Cruises and Tip Top. With a background in performance and an eye for interior design, she's passionate about developing vivid characters and unique, detailed worlds for them to play in.